IDLES release cathartic new track, “Mercedes Marxist”

Pulled from the ‘Joy as an Act of Resistance’ sessions.

British punk group IDLES have released “Mercedes Marxist,” their first new song since 2018’s Joy as an Act of Resistance.

The track was one of the first songs IDLES wrote for their latest album, though it ultimately didn’t make the cut. It barrels along thanks to an incessant, rigid bassline, its aggression bursting forth in the chorus to maul the listener.

Frontman Joe Talbot explained the song’s origins on Instagram: “I was pissed off at what I was and where I was: I was sofa surfing on the weekends and spending the weeks looking after my mum. My life balance was way off and this song reflects just how useless I felt. It was me at my worst and without any buoyancy it became catharsis.”


“Mercedes Marxist” will be pressed and released on seven-inch vinyl with the B-side “I Dream Guillotine” on August 2. Listen to the song here:

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